The beauty of travel is that it doesn’t have an expiration date, and the best way to get over the fact that summer is almost over is to start planning your next trip as soon as possible.
Miami is always in season, and the village of Bal Harbour in North Miami is a hidden seaside jewel offering something for everyone, whether you’re simply looking to relax on the beach and soak up the Florida sunshine, or explore the local culture through museum and art gallery visits. Bal Harbour is also home to luxurious hotels like the Ritz-Carlton and St. Regis, and it’s where you’ll find Bal Harbour Shops, a collection of the world’s most sought-after boutique stores and restaurants. No matter how often I visit, my vacation is never long enough.
Where to stay
The St. Regis Bal Harbour is a stunning hotel in the heart of Bal Harbour. One of only 50 properties worldwide that bear the St. Regis name, this oceanfront haven will leave you breathless from the moment you enter the grand lobby and accept your complimentary glass of champagne upon check-in.
What’s in a name? St. Regis is synonymous with luxury, and world-class dining, 24-hour butler service, a full-service spa, and two infinity pools overlooking the Atlantic ocean (one reserved for adults only) are just the beginning here in Bal Harbour. The spacious oceanfront guest rooms feature marble floors throughout the entranceway and bathroom, plus a huge mirrored walk-in closet you’ll want to move into. The neutral colours create an atmosphere of relaxation, and the couches on the oversized balconies are so comfortable, you may find yourself falling asleep under the stars to the sound of the ocean waves. Pure paradise.
There’s plenty to explore and enjoy around the hotel property, all with the same attention to detail, but if maximum beach time is your goal, give yourself the gift of the complete St. Regis experience by renting a cabana or better yet, an oceanfront day villa, which comes complete with your own personal butler, a daybed, a bathroom with shower, marble floors, a television, a wet bar and fridge, air conditioning, private loungers, and a dining table, all with ocean views.
If you need a break from the sun, schedule a visit to the stunning 14,000 square foot Remede Spa. The Yabu Pushelberg-designed interior is stunning, but it’s the service that really stands out. I recommend indulging in a one-hour massage; it was one of the best I’ve ever had and just what I needed to recharge my batteries.
What to do